Bishop Douglas Crosby, OMI
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Bishop Douglas Crosby, O.M.I. is the ninth bishop of the Diocese of Hamilton. He was born on 28 June 1949 in Marathon, Ontario. He entered the Oblates of Mary Immaculate in 1968, making first profession in 1969, and final profession in 1973. He graduated from Carleton University (St. Patrick’s College) in Ottawa in 1972 and holds a B.A. in Philosophy and French. He completed his Bachelor of Theology at St. Paul University in 1975 and his Master’s in Pastoral Studies (Counselling) in 1976. Bishop Crosby was ordained a priest on 27 September 1975. He was appointed assistant pastor of the Co-Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Labrador City, where he remained from 1976–81.
He also served as vocation director, coordinator of provincial services, Pastor of St. Joseph’s Parish, and Provincial Superior of St. Peter’s Province of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate. As Provincial, he was elected President of the Oblate Conference of Canada. In addition Bishop Crosby has acted as Director of the CCCB Missions Office and as the English-language General Secretary of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops. He was appointed bishop on 4 November 1997. His Episcopal ordination was held on January 2, 1998 at St. Joseph’s Parish in Ottawa, and his installation was at the Cathedral in Labrador City on 4 January 1998; feast of the Epiphany. On 6 August 2003 Bishop Douglas Crosby was appointed Bishop of St. George’s Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador. On 8 November 2010 Bishop Crosby was installed as the Bishop of the Diocese of Hamilton.